Edition 2015 / Experts

Remton Siega ZUASOLA (Director) / Other Experts

As a boy in barangay Tisa, Cebu City, Remton ZUASOLA would spend hours listening to radio dramas and visualizing scenes in every plot. His fascination for storytelling led ZUASOLA to the world of film directing, where, even as an amateur, his work captured the attention of film reviewers. His latest accolade was winning this year’s best director award for the film “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria” in the 34th Gawad Urian, one of the highest award-giving bodies for the best Filipino films.

He first caught the attention of the Philippine film scene with his short film "To Siomai love" which won for him the 2009 Ishmael bernal award for most outstanding young Filipino filmmaker from Cinemanila international film festival. In 2010, his first feature length film "Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria" challenged filmmaking convention when it became the first asian film to be shot in just a one long take while painstakingly telling a heartbreaking story of an island girl set to leave her homeland for a greener pasture abroad. It garnered top awards from Gawad Urian such as best picture, best cinematography, best musical score and Remton became one of the youngest recipient of the Gawad Urian Best Director Award.

Internationally, his first feature won the grand jury prize at Jeonju international film festival in South Korea, NETPAC prize at Moscow International Film Festival and golden hanoman award and best asian film from Jogja International film festival Indonesia and Cinemanila international film festival, and was in exhibition in numerous film international film festivals. Remton has recently finished his 2nd feature "Soap Opera" under Cinema one Originals and “SWAP” under Sinag Maynila. “SWAP” is the only Filipino film selected at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival.

His latest film “SWAP” is screened at TOKYO FILMeX on November 24th and 27th. ..≫more